Syracuse fans who closely follow football recruiting have been excited about New Jersey signal caller Tommy DeVito for awhile now. The buzz early on was that it was DeVito, not higher profile guys like Jack Coan or Kasim Hill, who sat atop the board for Dino Babers and his staff. And with each performance this summer, DeVito continues to prove just how adept Babers is at spotting QB talent.
After being one of the more unexpected (as far as the national recruiting media is concerned) players to earn trip to the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angeles, DeVito kept on surprising people when he became one of just 12 quarterbacks invited to The Opening, which took place last week. And despite being one of the less heralded players at the event (while ESPN has bumped him to a 4-star prospect, other sites like Scout, 247, and Rivals have him rated 3-stars), the 6-foot-2 rising senior was one again a standout.
DeVito was one of just two quarterbacks to earn honors during the 7 on 7 portion, being named to the All-Tournament team (Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa was the tournament, and Elite 11, MVP). He also clocked the fastest time in the 40 among quarterbacks, running a 4.61 – much faster than most probably would have predicted. His time of 4.06 in the shuttle was second best among QBs.
— Clarke Sports (@ClarkeSports) July 9, 2016
The Don Bosco Prep standout had drawn some comparisons to Aaron Rodgers from Trent Dilfer earlier in the Elite 11 selection process, and with the athleticism on display last week those comparisons may be amplified. DeVito has a reputation as being a pocket passer, but his mobility is clearly vastly better than he’s gotten credit for in the past.
Of course, it’s DeVito’s arm that drew the most praise over the course of the week. He was repeatedly mentioned as having a tremendous arm, and as one of the QBs who was throwing darts on a consistent basis during the drills and 7 on 7 competition. Check out the clip in the tweet below…it’s about the wide receiver, but a certain future Orange QB is the one making this throw:
— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) July 10, 2016
And this morning, SB Nation put DeVito on their list of overall top performers at The Opening, and was one of the top two QBs mentioned (out of four QBs overall). DeVito may not have won the Elite 11 MVP, but the consensus right now seems to be that when the official, final rankings come out, he’s likely to be in the top four or five, and could even finish as high as second. That’s not too shabby for a kid who, only a few months ago, was an under the radar prospect.
Of course, before anyone starts getting antsy about DeVito moving on from Syracuse, I wouldn’t worry. Last week while at The Opening, he was quoted by Scout as saying, “To rep Syracuse is special because I am putting them on the map when a kid looks at me. And I would not want to represent any other school.”
Add in the fact that he’s repeatedly affirmed his commitment, and rebuffed an offer and advances from the likes of Texas A&M recently, and it doesn’t sound to me like he’s even close to wavering. DeVito is a smart kid, and he knows the types of numbers he’ll be able to put up in the Dino Babers offense. And you can tell he’s just salivating at the chance to set that Carrier Dome turf on fire.